Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 33969

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category Offshore sea floor pressure series
Instrument Type Tide gauge (unspecified)
Instrument Mounting fixed benthic node
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator -
Originating Organization Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Bidston Laboratory (now National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)
Processing Status banked
Project(s) IOS Celtic Sea Experiment 1978

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier 783/978/091
BODC Series Reference 33969

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1978-04-01 11:14
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1978-05-13 14:44
Nominal Cycle Interval 900.0 seconds

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 51.33330 N ( 51° 20.0' N )
Longitude 6.50000 W ( 6° 30.0' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.1 to 0.5 n.miles
Minimum Sensor Depth 95.0 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 95.0 m
Minimum Sensor Height 0.0 m
Maximum Sensor Height 0.0 m
Sea Floor Depth 95.0 m
Sensor Distribution Fixed common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth which is effectively fixed for the duration of the series
Sensor Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface
Sea Floor Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface


BODC CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
AADYAA01 1 Days Date(Loch_Day) Date (time from 00:00 01/01/1760 to 00:00 UT on day)
AAFDZZ01 1 Days Time(Day_Fract) Time (time between 00:00 UT and timestamp)
PRSTPS01 1 Decibars TotPressSeaFL Pressure (measured variable) exerted by the water body plus atmosphere by fixed in-situ pressure sensor

Definition of Rank

  • Rank 1 is a one-dimensional parameter
  • Rank 2 is a two-dimensional parameter
  • Rank 0 is a one-dimensional parameter describing the second dimension of a two-dimensional parameter (e.g. bin depths for moored ADCP data)

Problem Reports

No Problem Report Found in the Database

Data Access Policy

Open Data supplied by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

You must always use the following attribution statement to acknowledge the source of the information: "Contains data supplied by Natural Environment Research Council."

Narrative Documents

Aanderaa Pressure Recorder Type TG-2A and WLR-5

Pressure recorder TG-2A (serial number 64) was used until the end of 1979. It was then returned to Aanderaa Instruments Limited who carried out modifications changing it to the specification of an Aanderaa WLR-5. Hence from 1980 onwards the instrument is known as Aanderaa WLR-5 (serial number 500).

The Aanderaa recorder uses a Digiquartz type 2-300a quartz crystal pressure transducer. The pressure sensor consists of a convoluted bellows linked to a 40kHz quartz crystal resonator coupled by piezoelectric action to an electronic resonator. The sensor pack is mounted in a low profile steel tripod frame 0.76m by 1.183m in size with the sensor level approximately 0.48m above the frame base. Data are recorded on to 0.25 inch magnetic tape on an Aanderaa data logger in the same case. A quartz crystal clock is used for controlling the sampling interval.

The data are recorded as 10 bit binary words in serial form with the frequency count from the sensor stored as the most and least significant counts. There is no temperature sensor. The tide gauge is usually deployed using a U-shaped mooring (i.e. buoy or pellet float to wire rope to tide gauge to ground line to anchor to wire rope to buoy), but W-shaped moorings are used in conjunction with either current meters or thermistor chains. A W-shaped mooring comprises pellet float to pellet line to sub-surface buoy to current meter or thermistor line to anchor weight to ground line to tide gauge to ground line to anchor weight to wire rope to surface buoy.

IOS Calibration and Data Processing of Off-Shore Tide Gauge Data

Calibration of pressure/frequency sensors and thermistors are carried out using the facilities and staff at I.O.S. Bidston with the exception of pre 1975 pressure/frequency sensors, which were calibrated in the pressure chamber at I.O.S. Wormley.

The data are copied from the logger magnetic tape to 9 track magnetic tape and disk. The data are either listed or plotted as an initial check. A program is then used to check the data from the temperature sensor channels, calculate and plot the temperature values and store them (if temperature sensor channels are available).

A second program performs a similar function for the pressure sensor channel, using the pressure frequency coefficient to convert each pressure frequency to the frequency at the reference temperature and calculating the pressures using the pressure frequency calibration. The data values, generally at 15 minute intervals, but occasionally at 10 minute intervals, of pressure are then plotted and stored. If waterhead is required, it may be computed by subtracting atmospheric pressure and applying the hydrostatic relation:-

H = P / ( d * g )
H = waterhead (cm)
P = pressure (0.01 mb)
d = density (kg/m3)
g = gravitational acceleration (m/s2)

Station C (Irish Sea) Data Processing Notes

Clock gained 3 seconds over 76 days 2.25 hours; the cycles interval and time values have been corrected.

Instrument characteristics and calibration factors

Aanderaa Pressure Recorder Type TG-2A, serial number 64
Original sampling interval 15 minutes
Integration period 104 s
Temperature coefficient No temperature correction made
Pressure sensitivity at 7.60°C 0.1746 Hz/mb

To convert pressure to elevation the following values should be used:

Density (from CTD casts) 1026.9 kg/m 3
Gravitational acceleration constant 9.812 m/s 2

A thermistor chain was incorporated on this rig.

Project Information

IOS Celtic Sea Experiment 1978

This experiment was conducted by I.O.S. Bidston in the Celtic Sea and South West Approaches to the U.K. during the period March to May 1978.

Currents and sea bed pressures were measured at each of eight stations in the Celtic Sea and one station in 4000m of water at the shelf edge. Aanderaa thermistor chains were deployed at four of the stations and profiles of sea water conductivity and temperature with depth were taken during the cruises and sea surface temperatures and conductivity were continuously monitored. Coastal tide gauges measured sea surface elevation at six sites.

Data Activity or Cruise Information

No Data Activity or Cruise Information held for the Series

Fixed Station Information

No Fixed Station Information held for the Series

BODC Quality Control Flags

The following single character qualifying flags may be associated with one or more individual parameters with a data cycle:

Flag Description
Blank Unqualified
< Below detection limit
> In excess of quoted value
A Taxonomic flag for affinis (aff.)
B Beginning of CTD Down/Up Cast
C Taxonomic flag for confer (cf.)
D Thermometric depth
E End of CTD Down/Up Cast
G Non-taxonomic biological characteristic uncertainty
H Extrapolated value
I Taxonomic flag for single species (sp.)
K Improbable value - unknown quality control source
L Improbable value - originator's quality control
M Improbable value - BODC quality control
N Null value
O Improbable value - user quality control
P Trace/calm
Q Indeterminate
R Replacement value
S Estimated value
T Interpolated value
U Uncalibrated
W Control value
X Excessive difference

SeaDataNet Quality Control Flags

The following single character qualifying flags may be associated with one or more individual parameters with a data cycle:

Flag Description
0 no quality control
1 good value
2 probably good value
3 probably bad value
4 bad value
5 changed value
6 value below detection
7 value in excess
8 interpolated value
9 missing value
A value phenomenon uncertain